Have you been charged with Aggravated Sexual Servitude?
There are a number of things to consider if you have been charged with this offence. As a serious offence, it carries with it the potential for a lengthy custodial sentence.
Please read below for more information in relation to this charge. This charge is similar to the other sexual servitude charges but for the fact that it relates to minors, that is, children under the age of 18. Consequently it carries a heavier maximum penalty.
The prosecution must prove:
- The defendant committed an offence against section an offence against section 53B(1), 53C(1) or 53D(1) of the Crimes Act 1958;
- The offence was committed against a person under the age of 18 years; and
- The defendant knows that person is, or probably is, under the age of 18 years.
The maximum penalty
Level 3 imprisonment being a maximum of 20 years.
Where will my case be heard?
Aggravated Sexual Servitude cases can only be heard in the County Court or Supreme Court of Victoria.
Questions to consider
Do you have a defence?
If you are pleading guilty, what can you do to minimise your sentence?
What to do next?
See an experienced criminal lawyer urgently.
Preparation in relation to any matter is critical. Don’t leave it to the last minute.
If you have been charged with Aggravated Sexual Servitude make an appointment to see one of experienced lawyers today.
Section 53E Aggravated sexual servitude
(1) A person (A) commits an offence if—
(a) A commits an offence against section 53B(1), 53C(1) or 53D(1); and
(b) the person against whom the offence is committed (B) is under the age of 18 years; and
(c) A knows that B is, or probably is, under the age of 18 years.
(2) A person who commits an offence against subsection (1) is liable to level 3 imprisonment (20 years maximum).